Eclipse Foundation Enables LocationTech

OpenGeo Joins Initiative as a Founding Member

Ottawa, Canada & New York, NY February 06, 2013 —The Eclipse Foundation has launched a new initiative to support user driven development of location aware systems. The new LocationTech working group will allow companies to jointly develop and deploy components that bring location awareness to Enterprise IT.

The Eclipse LocationTech initiative is led by Oracle, IBM, OpenGeo, and Actuate. The Eclipse Foundation, through LocationTech, will provide the IT infrastructure and governance to develop location aware software components and grow their user driven communities. LocationTech will also enable an ecosystem of service providers, technology providers and large enterprise consumers deploying systems using this technology. The initiative is open to any organization with an interest in adding location awareness to their business.

"Location is important to a growing range of businesses, and seamless integration with other information technology is crucial," said Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director, Eclipse Foundation. "No single vendor can address the range of issues our LocationTech working group members are going to solve. By creating a multi-vendor, open platform for location technologies we intend to spur even broader adoption of location aware products, devices and services.”

“Oracle has been delivering high performance location technologies to the market for nearly two decades,” said Jim Steiner, Vice President of Oracle Server Technologies. "We are pleased that the Eclipse LocationTech working group is becoming an emerging forum for developing this new class of open source technologies to address the location needs of social applications and high-performance computing solutions."

“Location and time are integral to data analysis. The insights and critical thinking that arise from effective data analysis are important to solve challenges in business and society,” said Brenda Dietrich, IBM Fellow, Vice President & CTO for Business Analytics, Software Group, IBM. “The LocationTech working group at the Eclipse Foundation will support IBM's collaborations with others to develop innovative approaches to tackling big data at a competitive cost.”

"At OpenGeo our mission is to bring spatial functions and applications into mainstream IT, avoiding the costs and inefficiencies created by forcing these functions through the traditional "GIS" process,” said Eddie Pickle, CEO, OpenGeo. “We believe our work with LocationTech and the Eclipse Foundation fits perfectly with this mission, and we are pleased to be a part of this innovative initiative."

"As a company that delivers personalized business insights to a high volume of end users, Actuate is very excited to collaborate with members of the LocationTech Working Group," said Nobby Akiha, SVP of Marketing at Actuate Corporation. "This is the ideal forum to push the envelope on how combining geospatial data and analytics can solve a wider range of business problems. The Eclipse community fosters innovation while ensuring there is an emphasis on the multi-company support needed to architect and build solutions that solve the issues of the day and will become tomorrow's enduring technology standards."

LocationTech has been established as an Eclipse Industry Working Group and will operate under the governance of the Eclipse Foundation. More information about LocationTech can be found at http://locationtech.org

This press release is has been cross-posted on the Eclipse Foundation website

About OpenGeo

OpenGeo is a social enterprise working to build the best web-based geospatial technology. The company brings the best practices of open source software to geospatial organizations around the world by providing enterprises with supported, tested, and integrated open source solutions to build the Geospatial Web. OpenGeo also supports open source communities by employing key developers of PostGIS, GeoServer, and OpenLayers. Since 2002, the company has provided successful consulting services and products to clients like the World Bank, US Department of State, NYC DoITT, Ordnance Survey Great Britain, SFMTA, Portland TriMet, MassGIS, GeoScience Australia, NOAA and the Federal Communications Commission. OpenGeo is the geospatial division of OpenPlans, a New York-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that informs and engages communities through journalism and open source software. All of OpenGeo's revenue has been and will continue to be re-invested into innovative and useful software in support of the OpenPlans mission.

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The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that hosts the Eclipse projects. Full details of Eclipse and the Eclipse Foundation are available at www.eclipse.org

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